Put in elevation........706'
Take out elevation......574'
River width average.....50'
River geology...........Slate ledge
River water quality.....Good, clarity good.
Scenery.................Excellent, isolated wilderness river
Wildlife................Deer, moose, osprey, eagles.
The Kennebec is a dam controlled river. An agreement worked out between the rafting, boating, and power company has guaranteed water on weekends. Normally you can expect 4800 cfs from 10 am until 2 pm but that can change depending on conditions. At times of drought the flows will remain at 4800 cfs but the release times can be cut back 2 hours (10am to 12 pm). Early in the season (May) flows may be higher (6000 cfs) and for longer durations.
In addition to the daily flows stated above a new settlement agreement between FPL and American Whitewater goes into effect this year. There will be four 8,000 cfs release scheduled along with several 2400 cfs releases. (See below for dates). 8000 cfs releases increase the overall difficulty to class IV+. 2400 cfs releases makes for a more technical run.
From May 1st through Columbus day in October, the daily release will be a
minimum of 4800 cfs, 10:00 am to 1:00 pm.
From June 15th through September 15th, 1pm to 3 pm minimum release will be
Between June 15th and September 15th in consultation with AW, AMC, &
NEFLOW there will be four Sunday releases at a minimum of 2400 cfs during the
hours of 1pm and 3pm.
In consultation with all interested parties there will be four releases of
8000 cfs provided each rafting season during the hours of 10 am and 1 pm.
For the latest flow information call (800) 557-3569 Dial 5 for Kennebec.
2007 Kennebec Settlement Flows
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American Whitewater. Don't worry about multiple submissions from other witnesses, as our safety
editors will turn multiple witness reports into a single unified accident report.
A hardy group of northeast boaters climbed into the natural river channel below a hydropower dam to participate in a flow study designed to assess whether whitewater flows should be restored to this dewatered river reach on the Connecticut River. While significant obstacles remain, this site has the potential for providing instruction, playboating, and a big water feature that that could be run throughout much of the year and provide a much needed boost to the local economy.
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